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First Choice Southern BBQ

#222 of 1,908 Restaurants in Tampa
#237 of 2,103 Places to Eat in Tampa
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10113 Adamo Dr, Tampa, FL 33619-2656
(813) 621-7434
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good BBQ!

Had the pork sandwich & macaroni salad. Sandwich served on an average white bun-the shredded pork & sauce was delicious, but skip the bun. The macaroni salad was spicy but uneventful, probably would try a different side next time. Service not very friendly and it is definitely a no frills kinda... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
JPMamason
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Had the pork sandwich & macaroni salad. Sandwich served on an average white bun-the shredded pork & sauce was delicious, but skip the bun. The macaroni salad was spicy but uneventful, probably would try a different side next time. Service not very friendly and it is definitely a no frills kinda place. With all that being said, I would definitely... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 376 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

You line up an order at the counter. I was the second customer after they opened but it took almost 1/2 an hour because they were filling catering orders first. I would not suggest going at opening.

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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I've been going here my entire life. Short of driving to Lexington BBQ in North Carolina, it's the best you can get. It is very hole in the wall and local, but that adds to the charm.

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Apollo Beach, Florida
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

My husband and I visited today and we each got a dinner to eat there. It was extremely hot in the restaurant. Right off the bat I waited several minutes at the counter while two employees walked past me and didn't even ask if I needed help. We ordered. It was $26 for two sandwiches, 2 sided and drinks, which... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Meats, sauce and slaw were very good. Beans and fries were just ok. Knew it was self serve going in, which is fine. But the AC is marginal functioning, and based on the size of the mounted fans, must have been for a long time. Again, ok, if that's what you expect. It's a good place to try, and you'll... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Haven't been in several years because I no longer live in the area but can vouch that the food is great. Just don't look too closely at your surroundings because it might scare you away. But hey, some of the best food comes out of dive bars and restaurants.

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Tampa, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Meal was moderately ok, lunch service was very poor, living fly mixed into the potato salad pretty much ended my experience with this place. Out of the way and no frills do not equal clean restaurant. At least provide a discount for live insects in the food.

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Dade City, Florida
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80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This place is a storefront near to the Home Depot in Brandon. You won't find it when driving by. This place is busy, apparently from word of mouth. Rightfully so. No frills BBQ dining. Get in line, place your order cafeteria style and get your food at the end. Limited indoor seating. Enjoy!

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Kannapolis, North Carolina
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63 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Tucked into an obscure corner behind the Adamo Home Depot, you could probably follow your nose to FirstChoice BBQ. The combination plate includes pork ribs, sausage, fries and baked beans. The food was just as I remember from 8 years ago. The sausage was smoky without being spicy, and the ribs were fall off the bone. The fries, made from... More 

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Brandon, Florida, United States
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Inside the restaurant, which is tucked away in the deepest corner of a strip mall, is a banner that proclaims that 1st Choice Southern BBQ is Brandon's very best BBQ restaurant in Brandon. That's not a critic's choice award but an award given as the result of diners. My wife and I stopped in after a long, hot day of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10113 Adamo Dr, Tampa, FL 33619-2656
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: (813) 621-7434

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?